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My life goal is to run the life of race with excellence.
I want to love well and live well.
I passionately love my Jesus and wish to serve Him with every part of my life.
I love my family and friends and am so thankful for the beautiful people in my life.
I love speaking, I love learning, I love exercise, I love reading and I love new adventures.
This blog will cover toddler tips, Bible truths, snorkeling adventures, book reviews, theology snippets, counselling advice, and the tears and triumphs of a life well lived.
Thanks for journeying along with me. I trust you too will be encouraged to love well and live well with eternity in view.
There are parts of my life that don’t have gaps.
There are parts of my life that show that my beliefs are seen in my actions.
I believe it is important to exercise regularly. This is evidenced by the three nights of tennis I play each week.
I believe it is important to create a peaceful and calm environment and this is evidenced by my clutter-free house.
I believe that our money is a gift from God and should be spent wisely and this is evidenced by my careful budget that I actually adhere to.
I believe it is important to keep learning and this is evidenced by my post-graduate awards and my attempt to read through the deeper C.S.Lewis classics this year.
I believe it is important to help others walk well with Jesus and so I meet regularly with young women to help them see Jesus in the messiness of life.
Gaps and No-Gaps.
Beliefs and practice.
I find it helpful to step back and take stock.
What do my actions and choices, my spending and my conversations show that I really believe in?
There is a gap in my life.
There is a gap between what I say believe with my words and what I say with my actions.
I say that I believe that all people are equally valuable, yet I will favour one over another with my time.
I say that I believe that it is important to eat natural foods, yet I will eat processed food from packets.
I say that God will provide for all my needs, yet I will check my bank balance and purse constantly.
I say that it is important to forgive as we have been forgiven, yet I will recount offences against me.
I say that knowing how the story ends makes all the difference, yet I grumble about slow traffic.
I want to close the gap.
I want to love all people God sends in my path each day.
I want to choose to eat well at least 90% (trying to be realistic too!) of the time.
I want to budget wisely, save carefully and give generously.
I want to truly ‘forget’ offences by never referring to them again.
I want to remember Jesus in the moment of frustration so that my heart is at peace.
I want to live well and love well each day for His good and gain, not my own.
Without the gap.
‘ didn’t know that my heart could break any more than it already had.’
Another dear friend, is facing not one, but two, huge valleys.
One will definitely end in loss. The other may be an ongoing heartache.
Both are totally out of her hands.
Both involve people she loves dearly.
I ache for her.
I have cried for her.
I have put a sign on my desk as a reminder to pray for each day.
My heart hurts for her.
I want to take it all away.
I want to fix it for her.
But I can’t.
No one can.
So, I will simply walk with her through this season.
I will listen.
I will pray.
I will care.
I will try to love her well.
She will not walk alone.
Life is just hard sometimes.
Really, really hard.
It hurts. It hurts a lot.
I was chatting with a friend on the phone last night and we each shared a current struggle we are experiencing. It is a gift to have someone who listens and cares.
It is okay to say this hurts.
It is okay to say that we don’t like this.
It is okay to wish this was over.
Yet, we can have peace in the midst of mess.
God is in control.
So I do not despair.
He is always with us.
So I am not alone.
We will grow and change through this journey.
I can be thankful.
Good does come from mess. Beauty of life does come from the ashes of pain.
Times of pain help me appreciate those in my life who show kindness to me so freely and so generously.
Times of hurt cause me to pore through my Bible looking for comfort.
Times of struggle have me earnestly seeking Him in my prayers and journaling.
Times of hardship turn my heart towards heaven. I long for the perfect peace and justice and joy that will be ours for all eternity.
I can only imagine what that will be like.
What will matter 1000 years from now?
As we seek to teach well. eat well, exercise well, learn well, suffer well, serve well, run well and love well, we need to keep eternity in view.
Knowing how the story ends, gives a new perspective on everything.
This momentary happiness can be enjoyed, although greater, lasting happiness is to come.
This momentary suffering, although painful, can be endured, because it has a purpose.
We can look after our bodies with good eating and regular exercise, yet not be obsessive about it, because one day soon we will have perfect new bodies.
The injustice can be endured patiently, because the day of judgement is coming.
The wrong choice can be forgiven, because we will soon meet the One who has forgiven us much.
1000 years from now we will be with He who created the world, dies for us, loves us and forgives us. We will be in perfect peace, perfect justice and perfect good. It will be a place of joy unspeakable.
I so long for that day.
I can only imagine.
What could you do for 1000 hours in a year?
That’s almost 20 hours each week.
One mum aims for her children to play outside for that many hours each year.
They are happier, healthier and more content because of this deliberate choice.
Another mum aims for her toddler and pre-school children to be reading and learning for that many hours each week.
They can sit, focus and concentrate and are more content because of this deliberate choice.
Another mum aims for her children to have new experiences and adventures for that many hours each week.
They are inquisitive, confident and more content because of this deliberate choice.
What could you deliberately choose to do for 1000 hours each week?